PRINCETON, N.J. – There was rain up and down the East Coast, but that didn't stop the Virginia Commonwealth University track & field team, who had 10 athletes show their stuff at the ECAC/IC4A Championships this weekend.
Seven of those athletes saw their 2011 campaign come to a close, while three are set to compete against some of the country's best athletes at the NCAA East Region Preliminary Round in Bloomington, Ind. later this month.
"Throughout the year, we talk about using each meet in different ways to set up for the big finales like the conference and regional meets," Head Coach Jon Riley said. "This was no different with some of our athletes trying to make one last push for regionals, while a couple of our athletes wanted to use it to prepare and set up perfectly for later this month."
Junior Julia Anyaugo (pictured, right) started the weekend off on Friday with a top-15 performance in the discus throw to wrap up an unbelievable year for the Washington, D.C. native. She broke the school discus record three times this spring, increasing the mark by more than 23 feet over that stretch.
Saturday brought in the runners and jumpers for the Black & Gold. In the middle distance area, seniors Walid Berkhedle (1500-meter run) and Axel Mostrag (800-meter run) each posted top-20 finishes to conclude their careers, while senior Kyle Jones and sophomore Josh Bostick finished a solid spring season up with strong performances in the 100-meter dash. Senior Joe Edwards completed his VCU career with a top-20 performance in the triple jump.
The lone Ram to score points on the weekend was senior DeAngelo Wilson, who ran in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes. His points would come in the 100-meter dash, where he scorched the track for a time of 10.68, good for third place overall.
Back to the women's side, where junior Jazlynn Finney garnered two top-15 finishes in the long jump and 200-meter dash. Freshman Niaimani Aduma concluded a stellar debut season with a top-15 finish in the long jump.
Senior Quina Fortune, who qualified in both the 100-meter and 200-meter dashes, focused on the 200m and blistered the track for a time of 23.84, second-best time in the prelims. With Fortune boasting the 11th-best time in the East Region, she decided to sit out the finals in preparation for later this month.
Wilson, Fortune and Finney are all expected to be invited to the East Region Preliminary Round, which gets started on Thursday, May 26th.